School leaders’ support

Are you a headteacher or deputy headteacher? Would you like to access free services focussed on improving your mental health and wellbeing?


Online facilitated peer support

Our peer support groups provide a space where you will be able to reflect on the issues you have faced during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as any ongoing challenges you continue to face. The sessions will support you in building protective resilience in a safe and supportive space.

You will participate in six 90-minute sessions in a group of six or seven school leaders.  Your sessions will be run by a professional facilitator, who is a trained coach with experience of working within the education sector.

“I could show my vulnerabilities or frustrations without worrying it would affect morale in my team”

Individual telephone support

When you access our individual telephone support an accredited counsellor will help you to reflect on, and process any difficult feelings that arise for you in relation to either life or work events. This is a safe and confidential space. You will receive six free one-to-one sessions by telephone.

“It has been so important, as a headteacher, to be able to reflect and unpick any difficult emotions that arise”

Headteachers/Deputy heads/ MAT CEOs/ MAT Deputy CEOs in England:

  • This service is for headteachers, deputy head teachers, MAT CEOs and MAT Deputy CEOs based in state funded primary or secondary schools, who do not have current access to counselling free at the point of use e.g. via an EAP.
  • You must be able to attend six sessions of either online facilitated peer to peer support or individual telephone support
  • This service is funded by the Department for Education

Headteachers/Deputy/Assistant heads in Wales:

  • This service is for headteachers, deputy headteachers or assistant heads working in maintained schools in Wales.
  • You must be able to attend six sessions of either online facilitated peer to peer support or individual telephone support
  • This service is funded by Welsh Government
“Discovering Education Support was a blessing. The support you offer is outstanding. Even knowing you’re simply there is a comfort! Keep doing what you do and THANK YOU SO MUCH. :)”


Senior leaders describe themselves as stressed

“My session was life changing. I’ve been singing your praises and spreading the word.”

After taking part in the service


headteachers reported feeling less anxious


teachers felt more supported


What happens when I apply?

We will look over your application to ensure you are eligible (a head or deputy; based in England or a head, deputy or assistant head in Wales).

We will then process your application and a member of our team will be in touch to explain what will happen next. This will typically involve a short wait while you are allocated into a peer group and put in touch with the facilitator, or await a call from the individual support team – we will let you know!

Does it cost to participate?

No, these services are completely free of charge and are provided with funding by the Department for Education and Welsh Government.

Who will I be talking to?

If you are taking part in peer to peer support, you will be contacted by one of our qualified Associate Facilitators who will speak to you about the process before confirming the first meeting date. This will be the same person who will facilitate your peer group for the six sessions.

If you are taking part in individual support, you will be contacted by a member of the Education Support team who will explain the process and arrange your sessions at a convenient time for you. You will speak to the same person during each session.

Is it completely confidential?

 Yes. We’ll only break confidentiality if:

• there’s a risk to your own health and safety, or to that of others; or
• if you’ve been involved in a crime

What support is available to me if my school or college has an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Your school EAP should offer your counselling sessions if you need to talk to someone. You can also access support via our free confidential 24/7 helpline. 

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